Re: HTML 3.2 PR

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Fri, 15 Nov 1996 21:33:06 -0500


Message-Id: <1.5.4.32.19961116023306.0090f45c@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 21:33:06 -0500
To: "Carl Morris" <msftrncs@htcnet.com>, <marc@ckm.ucsf.edu>,
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR

At 07:01 PM 11/15/96 -0600, Carl Morris wrote:

>Why?  An HTML parser has no business trying to figure out SGML, an SGML
>parser being used on an HTML document on the other hand may have use
>for the declaration.  It needs to be described this way.  Calling <! >
>not an HTML comment is misleading to those people who have no use for
>SGML.

HTML *is* SGML. <! > is *not* a comment. HTML user agents *do* use
information in <! >. Those that validate documents, for instance, will look
at the DOCTYPE to determine which version of HTML to validate against.

 Paul Prescod
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